Denise Goldberg's blog

Thursday, September 21, 2017

late season dahlias

As the calendar moves closer to colder weather there are still many flowers in bloom.

The beauty and variety of dahlias always catch my eye.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Overnight fog outlined the petals of this very pink aster with droplets of water.

an aster covered in water droplets

Monday, September 18, 2017


I love seeing globe thistle in the prime season growing season. The "flower" is spiky, purple, and provides a feeding spot for bees. As autumn approaches the flowers are evolving. Some have turned to dark brown, others retain some of their color and wear a hat of brown.

globe thistle, fading from purple to brown

I think globe thistle are beautiful. Do you agree?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

morning fog

I woke up this morning to a sea of fog. I immediately headed to the Stevens-Coolidge Place, wanting to see the pop of floral color against the dense fog.

a foggy morning at Stevens-Coolidge Place

Some flowers are still in full bloom; others are wilting into an end-of-season state.

I love wandering in the garden during this seasonal transition.

still in full bloom, gloriosa daisy

wilted, blackeyed susan

More photos from my early morning garden visit can be seen in the gallery summer :: 2017 starting with this photo and ending here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

early color

Although the calendar says it is still summer for another week, some trees are showing a sign of autumn. I can see a rusty tinge to the sea of green leaves with occasional trees wearing a few leaves painted in red.

early autumn color

Thursday, September 14, 2017

a sea of yellow

Colby Farm in Newbury, MA plants a field of sunflowers each year with the intent of allowing people to walk around (and possibly through) the field. After hearing that the sunflowers were (finally) in bloom, I tried to stop there on my way home from my volunteer stint at Parker River last Sunday. It turned out that a lot of other people had the same idea; there were cars illegally parked on the side of the road, a long line to get into the parking lot at the farm, and a wall of people standing in front of the field. I opted to drive by instead of stopping.

I headed back to the sunflower field on Monday where I was greeted by a sea of yellow. There were bees on many of the flowers and there were occasional monarch butterflies flitting by.


If you'd like to see more views of sunflowers, jump to the gallery a sea of yellow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Many flowers have faded as autumn draws closer; others have retained bright colors. I love the deep pink of these echinacea. The bees seem to be attracted to them too.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

art at Maudslay

The annual outdoor sculpture show at Maudslay State Park opened last weekend. Yesterday was a good day for exploring the art scattered through the park.

art at Maudslay sign

Even with the sculptures concentrated in large open areas in the park I'm not sure that I found all of them. It's always fun to wander through art living in unexpected places.

The two pieces I've shared below have a relationship with trees; one uses the tree as a focus for the sculpture and the other uses the tree as a presentation method.

Push / Pull, by Muriel Angelic
Push / Pull, by Muriel Angelic

Autumnal Green Man, by Sue Gately
Autumnal Green Man, by Sue Gately

The felted Autumnal Green Man is my favorite of the show.

More photos of the sculptures can be viewed in the gallery wandering Maudslay :: 2017 starting with this photo and ending here.

Monday, September 11, 2017

a Chanticleer visit

Although the day was gray and threatening rain I headed to Chanticleer Garden last Wednesday for a quick flower visit. As the end of the growing season gets closer, the flowers are tall, the beds full of life.

Some of the flowers were still showing prime blooms while others have started to fade. Flowers at all stages of life are wonderful.

garden view, at Chanticleer

More photos from Chanticleer can be seen in the gallery two gardens starting with this photo and ending here.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

late afternoon

As I was driving home from Parker River late this afternoon the clouds and reflections in Lake Cochichewick caught my eye. I stopped to walk and to enjoy the view.

clouds and reflection, Lake Cochichewick